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11th February 2020
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'Creating Opportunity out of Change': embracing the conference theme
Embracing this year's theme of 'Creating Opportunity out of Change', the programming for this year's day-long Bathroom & Kitchen Industry Business Conference has seen some subtle changes.
The conference, on Tuesday 17th October 2017 at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield, will host its biggest line up of speakers in its 11-year history. No fewer than 13 experts have been engaged to discuss the important changes which the industry is facing.
One of the sessions, this year, has been dedicated to a new Industry Forum, a discussion focussing on the topics which are foremost in the minds of industry leaders.
Chairing the discussion will be Andrew Davies of Taylist's KBB Review Magazine, who has promised to motivate a panel of four top industry leaders and intellectuals into a "memorable, forthright and sometimes controversial discussion" embracing those issues which confront the industry.
Starting the discussion will be the subject of compliant products and the law.
The panel includes:
* Stephen Kay: Chairman of WRAS, (Water Regulations Advisory Scheme), Stephen is a chartered civil engineer and has been involved in local water supply for over 40 years. He sees the quality of water and public health being safeguarded by the use of qualified tradespeople and compliant fittings and materials.
* Peter Adkins: A solicitor, Peter is director of regulatory services at Emms Gilmore Liberson solicitors based in Birmingham. He is well versed in the difficulties of the sector and is a regular contributor to the trade press.
* Dr Peter Bonfield OBE: Author of the Bonfield Report and CEO of the Building Research Establishment, Peter (pictured) has led major initiatives in the areas of new build and existing housing, as well as in commercial and public sector buildings. The award winning BRE Innovation Park, designed to give a glimpse of how the future delivery of sustainable buildings and communities can be achieved, was Peter's brainchild.
* Paul Massey: President of the BMA and Group CEO of Worcestershire-based inclusive bathroom products manufacturer, AKW and DLP Group, Paul is keen to drive forward the return of ring-fencing the disabled funding grant which he considers essential. He is also fully committed to supporting the development of eco design products, especially in light of the European Directive on energy saving, which came into effect on 1 January 2013.
Planning for the conference is well advanced and booking for both the full two days and for day-only passes is already strong.
Businesses in constantly-evolving industries such as ours, have to adapt and look for positives that can be turned into profit. This year, the conference will hear world-class speakers who will give us their views and ideas on the theme 'Creating Opportunity out of Change'.
Delegates from the bathroom and kitchen industry will be encouraged and inspired to expand their horizons beyond their four office walls and take a fresh look at how they do their work. New ideas and stretching boundaries are firmly fixed to the agenda.
The aim of the carefully constructed programme is to generate fresh thinking to embrace the quickly changing world of bathrooms and kitchens.
There will be opportunities for delegates to network, build bridges and exchange ideas during the informal refreshment breaks.
Conference 2017 will offer delegates a quite remarkable opportunity to glean information that will enable them to develop their businesses and remain competitive in rapidly changing world markets.
30th June 2017